Nottingham Forest strengthened their squad to the tune of 12 new players during the summer transfer window and man of the new boys have settled in nicely.
The Reds are currently second in the league and that is down largely to the form of several of Sabri Lamouchi’s summer signings.
Samba Sow has been immense in midfield, Brice Samba has looked solid in goal and both Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah have provided something different on the flanks.
This weekend Forest take on Wigan and in doing so they will probably come face-to-face with a player who could have ended up in their ranks during the summer.
Jamal Lowe was linked with the Reds during the transfer window but did eventually sign for the Latics for £2.5 million from Portsmouth (Portsmouth News).
With Forest flying high in the Championship, Wigan are toiling near the bottom of the division. Paul Cook’s men currently occupy 19th place with just three wins from their eleven fixtures.
It’s fair to say that Lowe has not yet had the impact his new employers would have hoped.
At Portsmouth, he scored 29 goals and registered 18 assists during his 119 appearances. His first foray into the Championship isn’t going according to plan, however. In 10 games for Wigan, he has created just one assist during a draw against Hull in September.
The £2.5 million is a lot of money to a club like the Latics and on current form, he isn’t really proving his worth.
With Forest’s summer recruits having cost considerably less than the fee paid for Lowe, they may view this transfer rejection with an element of relief.
The beauty of Lowe as a player is that he can play in any attacking position. He can operate on the left, right or as a number 10 and boss Paul Cook has tried him in all three this season.
Forest have Sammy Ameobi who can fulfil a similar job to Lowe. He arrived at the City Ground during the summer on a free transfer and has a goal and assist from his nine league appearances so far.
Given the unknown nature of a lot of Forest’s summer recruits, some supporters will have been forgiven for casting an envious eye towards Wigan when they completed the capture of Lowe.
Currently, however, missing out on the 25-year-old doesn’t look like a bad thing at all.
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